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Best of South America 2014

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Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina and BrazilChrist the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilCopacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilPlaza de Armas in Santiago, ChileBuenos Aires, ArgentinaLa Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Plaza de Armas in Santiago, Chile
Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: South America 2014
    At Leisure 2014
  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Get the true insider experience of South America on this expertly planned At Leisure itinerary. Learn to mix the perfect Caipirinha in Rio de Janeiro and enjoy a hotel right on Copacabana Beach. Visit a gemstone workshop to see how gems are transformed into spectacular jewels. Meet an expert winemaker for the ultimate vineyard tour and indulge in hors d'oeuvres while sampling Argentine wines. Spend time enjoying the magnificent Iguassu Falls with panoramic views of this spectacular natural wonder. Why not customise your trip with one of the following extensions: Easter Island and  Brazilian Amazon.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! You will arrive and be met at the airport by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check in time is 3 p.m.). Enjoy your hotel's superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, minutes from downtown Rio.

    Hotel: Windsor Atlantica Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and the bay. This evening, enjoy a festive Welcome Reception at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

  • Day 3


    Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. After admiring the panoramic views, head back down the mountain and see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and stop for a lunch at a local restaurant on your way back to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 4


    Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, a Local Speciality and Brazil's national cocktail, and then indulge in a traditional barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria. Feel the spirit of Rio's world-famous Carnival as you're treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 5


    Brazil is world renowned for its vast array of gemstones. This morning, you'll learn about this Local Speciality and watch the fascinating creative process as precious metals and rough gemstones are transformed into works of art, design and luxury. Then take a flight to magnificent Iguassu Falls, straddling the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iguassu National Park boasts one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls and is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travel companions at the hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Enter Iguassu National Park and spend the morning exploring the Brazilian side of the cascades with a Local Expert, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. After enjoying a lunch at a local restaurant with a view of the falls, return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps enjoy the hotel's thermal pools fed by the planet's biggest thermal water spring or visit the Parque das Aves - a tropical bird preserve that's home to more than 500 species of Brazilian birds.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 7


    Cross the border into Argentina and spend some time getting to know the geography of the area at the Visitors Centre. Take a walk along a scenic catwalk and board the open-air Ecological Jungle Train for a different perspective on the mighty falls and view the thunderous Devil's Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your stylish hotel. From your hotel's vantage point in the heart of Argentina's sizzling capital, you are in the centre of all the action: renowned international designer boutiques, fine dining venues, museums, cultural pursuits, modern theatres and the famous Teatro Colon.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Embark with a Local Expert on an in-depth tour of the passionate city where the tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; world-renowned Teatro Colon; the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca; San Telmo and lovely Palermo, home to fashionable cafes and verdant parks.  See the Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms, the main stage and, of course, the workshops where all the customs and clothes used in the performances are produced. Lastly, visit the elegant Recoleta, where Argentina's former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and even try with your own hands. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. Spending time with these lively people will be an insider memory you won't soon forget.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 9


    Relish a morning and afternoon at leisure to pursue your own interests in the “Paris of South America.” The possibilities are endless. Delve into one of the country's finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, set in a lovely park in the Recoleta neighbourhood. Follow in the footsteps of Argentina's most revered writer, Jorge Luis Borges, as you browse the many bookstores of Buenos Aires and sip a coffee at the famed Cafe Tortoni. As an option, you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento across the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay. And if you'd like to experience a different side of Argentina, choose an optional trip into the countryside to a traditional estancia (ranch); share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys), learn about their lives and marvel at their consummate horsemanship during a lively equestrian show before tucking into a sumptuous traditional parrillada (barbeque) lunch. This evening, do as the locals do and linger over a Highlight Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform, and experience the passion and power of the traditional tango - the most representative and beloved music in Argentina.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Bid “Adios” to Buenos Aires and say “Hola” to Santiago as you fly west across the Andes to the Chilean capital. Settle into your hotel, situated in the heart of one of Santiago's most beautiful neighbourhoods, and a prime location close to charming boutiques, bars and restaurants. This evening is at leisure.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: InterContinental Santiago (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Head for the Maipo Valley, Chile's most traditional wine-producing valley known for its premium wines. Visit an exclusive winery where you will enjoy a gourmet Highlight Lunch served alfresco on the beautiful grounds. After, meet the winemaker, your Local Expert, for a personalised winery experience, from the vineyards to the bottling process. Celebrate Chile's proud wine-making traditions with a wine tasting. Back in Santiago, meet your Local Expert and embark on an orientation tour of this vibrant city, travelling past Club Hipico - the regal racetrack - and sprawling Parque O'Higgins. Cruise along Alameda Avenue past the Church of San Francisco and the University of Chile on your way to the vibrant Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. View the Palacio de la Moneda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Central Market. Drive up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snow-capped Andes. Return to your hotel, which is situated in one of Santiago's most beautiful neighbourhoods, near boutiques, bars and restaurants.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

  • Day 12


    Enjoy a day of leisure in Santiago. Perhaps join an optional trip to Valparaiso, once known as “Little San Francisco” by the sailors who made it a frequent stopover on the long voyage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans; then take the coastal road to see the graceful mansions, white-sand beaches and historic casino of the seaside resort of Vina del Mar. This evening, gather with your travel companions for a festive Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 13


    Say hasta luego to Chile and transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 6 p.m. You can chose to extend your stay in Santiago at the InterContinental Santiago if you wish.

    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood.
  • Local Speciality Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha.
  • Local Speciality Watch Brazilian gemstones be transformed into beautiful pieces of jewellery.
  • Local Expert Experience the wine-making process with an expert winemaker in Chile's wine country.
  • Local Expert For included sightseeing in Iguassu, Buenos Aires and Santiago.
  • Unique Insight Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Rio de JaneiroDiscover the city's main sights; see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.
  • IguassuExplore the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side.
  • Buenos AiresDiscover the “Paris of South America's” main sights including the Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a captivating tango show.
  • SantiagoSee the San Francisco Church and Monastery; travel to Chile's wine country to visit a local winery.


  • 12 full breakfasts
  • 3 lunches:
    • Highlight Lunch with drinks in Maipo Valley
    • 2 lunch
  • 6 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro
    • Highlight Dinners with wine and shows in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires
    • Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires
    • 1 dinner
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Santiago

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 12 nights First Class accommodation
  • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires to Santiago, including porter service at all airports
  • A Trafalgar bonus – guaranteed late hotel check-out until 6 p.m. in Santiago on Day 13

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